- ₿trust locates, educates and pays new bitcoin developers in Africa to decentralize contributors across the world.
- The nonprofit has identified its founding member who will focus on custodial solutions enabling Africans to hold their own keys.
- ₿trust hopes to expand the program internationally.
₿trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the open source development of Bitcoin, is funding the development and training of new developers for Bitcoin in Africa, according to a press release sent to Bitcoin Magazine.
The ₿trust Africa Open Source Cohort will locate, educate and compensate individuals for the time they spend in the program as they learn to build the tools necessary for the Bitcoin ecosystem. The trust continues to focus on countries with fewer Bitcoin developers, which means supporting new contributors to the ecosystem. The challenge of unchecked new developers in open source development can often lead developers to cause damage, rather than providing constructive proposals or advocating for necessary development changes.
The ₿trust cohort has developed a framework to prevent these damaging scenarios through a five-point system in which the nonprofit organization will be able to offer ongoing support to developers.
Thus, cohort members will receive a mentor – a technical guide through the developer’s chosen application, as well as the supervision of a designated manager to help each member. In addition, members will benefit from the support of their peers through daily team activities; project relationships in which ₿trust will communicate openly about ongoing projects with cohort members, and finally, new cohort members will be hired for one year with the possibility of renewal to encourage long-term productivity. Additional support will be provided, including stipends for materials and travel to encourage community foundations.
Moreover, ₿trust also identified its founding member – Vladimir Fomene. Fomene is a Cameroonian – West African – software engineer proficient in both Java Script and Rust. Previously, he worked as a full stack engineer and his initial focus will be bitcoin development kit, which provides the necessary tools for developers to create bitcoin wallets capable of working on multiple platforms. In an effort to enable Africans to keep their own bitcoin keys in mind, Fomene will largely focus on developments that promote bitcoin custodial solutions.
Formene detailed his initial reluctance to bitcoin, and what ultimately drew him to a blog post.
“As the above events unfolded, it became clear to me that we had given governments too much power and that they could abuse it through their mistakes or actions,” Formene said. “The people need to take back some of that power or have systems that can control their governments.”
₿trust will continue to introduce newcomers to the ecosystem with a long-term vision of expanding the program across countries in the Global South.